Why are Ferrets Illegal

Ferrets are a domestic mammal of the type Mustela putorius furo. Ferrets are sexually dimorphic predators with males being substantially larger than females. They typically have brown, black, white, or mixed fur, have an average length of approximately 20 inches (51 cm) including a 5 inch (13 cm) tail,[1]weigh about 1.5 – 4 pounds (0.8 – 2 kg), and have a natural lifespan of 7 to 10 years.

Why are ferrets illegal in California?

The Department of Fish and Game believe that if ferrets were to get out it would threaten the native animals in the area.

The ownership of ferrets has been restricted since 1993 the law used to be you could own a neutered male ferret cause one of the other reasons was violence towards children. Then problems arose with that when people wanted to own spayed female ferrets. Then another reason came up to where ferrets could be banned all together and that was a fear of rabies which history shows us there has only been 17 cases of violent ferrets with rabies in the last 300 years.

Rabies fear passed because there is no vaccine against rabies in ferrets and the fear of a ferret biting or scratching an infant was a very high fear. Many of residents in California are trying to fight against this for a long time now, “Will they ever change the law or will ferrets be outlawed in California forever?”This question troubles the minds of people in California but no matter how many bills and petitions the law stays the same.

The Fear of them escaping or getting dumped in the wild is just to high for the Department of Fish and Game because Ferrets are under the classification as “Domestic” animals ferrets are known to be able to take over an entire animal population putting the native animals in danger. To this day and many more Ferrets remain illegal in California for those two specific reasons and it holds.No matter how many people fight it and how many break the law the Department of Fish and Game won’t change their mind they come up with another reason.

In March of 2004 they reinforced their rabies reason to keep ferrets illegal in California there is approx. 500,000 homeless ferrets because of people afraid to help them. Some believe that puts the native animals in danger because they can’t be brought into the homes they become wild and untamed. California is not the only ones that have banned ferrets because of Rabies but the most well known one. Because so many other places in the U.S. You can own them so if there is ever a way to cure ferrets of rabies and unpredictable behavior maybe California will allow them.